Saudi Arabia: Musicians’ freedom expanded

27 May 2008

There has been a quiet, yet marked increase in cultural activities in Saudi Arabia during the past couple of months. New music bands emerge, and the internet has become an important meeting place for underground musicians. “There is a revolution taking place,” stated the American tv news reporter Nic Robertson …

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Saudi Arabia: Journalist arrested for “destructive thoughts”

11 May 2006

Journalist who reported about ritualistic burning of musical instruments has been arrested by Saudi Arabia’s domestic intelligence agency On April 3, Saudi Arabia’s domestic intelligence agency, al-Mabahith, arrested journalist Rabbah al-Quwai’i, 24, on charges of “doubting the [Islamic] creed” and for “harboring destructive thoughts.” While based in the town Ha’il in the …

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Saudi Arabia: Never write ‘music’ or ‘violin’

25 October 2005

Never write ‘music’ or ‘violin’Words such as ‘music’, ‘musician’, and ‘violin’ are considered offensive in Saudi Arabia, reports In Saudia Arabia radio announcers are restricted from uttering words like “dance” or “party,” and according to there is also a long list of particular words that are forbidden to …

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